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A Lucas Davenport thriller by internationally bestselling novelist John Sandford
Two bodies are found hanging from a tree in the woods of Northern Minnesota. ‘Lynching’ is the word everybody is trying not to say. But when the bodies are those of a black man and white woman, it’s hard to see how it could be anything else.
Lucas Davenport, now married and a new father, has moved up to state level. His new job is to work on those cases too complicated or politically touchy for others to handle. As he begins to investigate, he discovers that the murders are not, in fact, what they appear to be. Nor are they the end of it. There is worse to come – much, much worse . . .
With the girl who discovered the bodies, feisty twelve-year-old Letty, acting as his unofficial guide, Lucas faces one of the most challenging cases of his career. Will he be able to protect the young girl who is proving far too observant for her own good . . . ?
***READERS LOVE THE PREY SERIES***
'The best Lucas Davenport story so far. The man has a fine touch for outlaws' Stephen King on Golden Prey
'Sandford’s trademark blend of rough humor and deadly action keeps the pages turning until the smile-inducing wrap-up, which reveals the fates of a number of his quirky, memorable characters' Publishers Weekly on Golden Prey
'It appears there is no limit to John Sandford’s ability to keep new breath and blood flowing into his Lucas Davenport series. This is a series you must be reading if you are not already' Bookreporter.com
'Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers. His writing and the appeal of his lead character are as fresh as ever' The Huffington Post
'Sandford is consistently brilliant' Cleveland Plain Dealer
Sandford gets back to basics in this stellar 14th installment of his hugely popular Prey series, focusing on the long-standing duo of Davenport and Capslock. As the novel begins, the indomitable Lucas Davenport (now happily married, a contented father and bored out of his mind) is slogging through the northern tundra of Broderick, Minn., to inspect the naked dangling corpses of a white woman and black man ("They were frozen. Like Popsicles.") that have shocked the locals as well as Minnesota's governor with the ugly specter of a lynching. Davenport, now more or less a free agent for the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension ("I kick people's asses"), is unleashed by the governor, giving Davenport and his scruffy sidekick, Del Capslock, a chance to escape their square city lives and catch the villain(s) while staving off the media vultures, Sandford's trademark subplot. As in previous novels, the original crime (rendered in a truly horrific opening sequence) is merely the gateway to a deeper, more insidious criminal enterprise, this one an international labyrinth of stolen cars, drugs, gambling and kidnapping. Some truly vicious familial machinations in the small town contrast well with Davenport's staid and stable home life. Another pleasant surprise is the precocious Letty West, whose awakening teenage sensibilities make an impression on Davenport. Sandford's usual background details (readers will learn how to run a muskrat trapline and how an Indian casino operates) are deftly woven into the fabric. This latest installment in a series now a decade and a half old is vintage Sandford.